In 2015 Hungary introduced two special progressive taxes, i.e. the ‘food chain inspection fee’ in order to cover the costs of sanitary inspections and the ‘healthcare contribution’ to reduce the negative effects of tobacco products on public health and the expenses of operating public healthcare.
Attila Péterfalvi, the president of the Hungarian Data Protection Authority, on 19 April 2018 made some relevant comments regarding the GDPR during an interview with a Hungarian online newspaper “Jogifórum”. He highlighted that one of the main novelties of the GDPR is the principle of accountability. The data controllers must be able to demonstrate their GDPR compliance in a documented way. This does not mean, however, that the burden of proof is on them in case of a NAIH procedure.
The Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 (General Data Protection Regulation, „GDPR”) will be directly applicable as of 25 May 2018 in all organizations controlling personal data. The Hungarian National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (“NAIH” / “Hungarian Authority”) receives thousands of questions on the applicability of the GDPR. For this reason, the NAIH has published answers to some of these questions.
Corporations often use loopholes to avoid paying taxes, by shifting profits to EU countries with lower taxes. New EU rules would put an end to this, since on 15 March 2018 members of the European Parliament voted in favour of the plans to establish a common consolidated corporate tax base.
The proposal for a regulation presented recently together with a proposal for a directive on a European services e-card aims to prevent the introduction of barriers to cross-border service provision at national level.